The Laughing Cat is no joke when it comes to delicious authentic Italian cuisine. With a diverse menu specializing in homemade classic Italian ... More
The Laughing Cat is no joke when it comes to delicious authentic Italian cuisine. With a diverse menu specializing in homemade classic Italian cuisine, be prepared for exceptionally prepared meals. The restaurant serves assorted appetizers, soups, and salads to begin your meal followed by an excellent menu of Italian pasta, veal, chicken, steak, and seafood dishes each prepared to order. From juicy filet mignon sauteed with Portobello mushrooms or delicately flavored chicken Cordon Bleu to lightly breaded veal scaloppini or rich fettuccini Alfredo, your taste buds will experience the best of the best in Italian cooking. An impressive wine list provides assorted selections to compliment your meal. - Vickie Ferguson
Maybe the food is good, but the owner is not a nice person. Extremely rude. My order came out wrong, and the owner came out and told me that the dish I got was just as good so enjoy that. I told him I would like what I ordered. Then he told me I was wasting his chefs time. I, of course, just ate what I had rather than having them prepare what I ordered because the way the owner talked to me, I'm sure he would have gone and spit in my food himself if I sent it back.
If I had an Italian grandma, I imagine this is what her cooking would be like. The bruschetta tasted like nothing I'd ever had before--the mozzarella & tomatoes w/balsamic were to die for too! The meatballs were my favorite--yum!!
These folks are ON THE BALL!!!
What an experience-- from start to finish, everything was PERFECT. The tomato and mozzarella cheese were heavenly, the seafood, fresh catch of the day of shrimp and salmon was awesome and the mousse put you over the edge. Would definitely recommend this to any one in Ybor City --- The portion were more than enough. The waiters were great and worked with the crowd to keep our orders straight. The Chef was MARVELOUS. If you have not tried “The Laughing Cat” --- you are missing out, but be sure to go hungry because the portions are enough to share!
This was absolutely the best Italian meal ever! Our group of 42 pre-arranged menu with Franco at a cost of $35 per person. We had unlimited amount of delicious dishes fit for a king. The salmon was particularly delicious. The waiters and Franco all fit in great with our crazy group. If you are in Tampa with a group, this is definitely the place to go. Doesn't look like much from outside but oh my gosh - food was fabulous - authentic Italian like we never had before.
We had a party of eight and the waiter suggested a five course meal from the chef with unlimited offerings of each course served family style. I believe it was $35.00 per person. Everyone left very satisfied and we have all been back since. Go and support our local community of fine restaurnuers
Great dining EXPERIENCE! Exceptional! The blend of flavors, creativity of dishes: delicious. Everything is prepared to order, so something you don�t want in a sauce or dish can be omitted (or something added). Everything we tried was a delight to our taste buds. Portions were ample, with lots of the main ingredient (seafood, chicken, pasta, we had some of each). Yum! The side of vegetables was even delicious. Our server, Lee was attentive & pleasant. On this quiet drizzly night we got very personal treatment. Fearing being late for an event in Tampa for which we had after-dinner tickets we wondered about the passing trolleys. To take the trolley would have involved logistics we�d never have had time to work out ourselves. Co-owner Jerry Kistler to the rescue: While we dined, he went out & secured extended parking for us, then he went out again to check the fares & schedule at the trolley station. His efforts made possible avoiding all traffic & parking nightmares of a Tampa auditorium event by our riding the trolley. Although on a crowded, �reservation only night�, he probably can�t sit & chat, or assist with travels; if you had a problem (which could happen anywhere, no one, or no restaurant, is perfect) you now have an idea of the type of person who�ll handle your concern. Its like dining at the home of the guy that your daughter has dated forever & tonight he is going to ask you for her hand in marriage. So he�s put his best food out, his best personality on, & is as helpful as possible. Its so comfortable that it seems as though you already know him but he wants you to be really pleased with him. So, he has made preparations ahead of time to insure this, as well as making efforts during the evening to make sure your entire dining EXPERIENCE is pleasurable. It is as casual or upscale as you want it to be. The food says upscale, & the atmosphere says friendly, fun, & casual. Laughing Cat, a 2-hour drive for us, warrants another visit. Vic & Gee-Gee
This place is such a find!
The food is great. Huge portions so you get to enjoy it for a couple days after! The waiter was quick and personable. The atmosphere is cosy.. and they make their own deserts!
When family comes to visit.. we're taking them to the Laughing Cat. Yummmm.
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